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Attendance Information



Why is attendance important?

“Pupils need to attend school regularly to benefit from their education. Missing out on lessons leaves children vulnerable to falling behind.  Children with poor attendance tend to achieve less in both primary and secondary school.


School attendance - Departmental advice (August 2013)

Regular attendance at school is essential to ensure uninterrupted progress and to enable your child to extend their potential. We expect all children on roll to attend every day, when the school is in session, as long as they are fit and healthy enough to do so. We believe that the most important factor in promoting good attendance is the development of positive attitudes towards school and learning.


Poor attendance can seriously affect your child’s:


v attainment in school;

v relationships with other children and their ability to form lasting friendships;

v confidence to attempt new work and work alongside others.


Good attendance – what are the benefits and what are the consequences of missing a few days over the school year?


Attendance                                         Missing days from school


Zero days off

Excellent! A child can take advantage of all learning opportunities.


Less than a week


Very good –This will help all aspects of their progress and life in school. A child should reach his/her full potential, leading to the best possible progress.

97 – 98%

5 days – a school week

96 – 97%

6 days


Good attendance

A child has a good start to their schooling and can make the most of all opportunities to do their best.

95.2- 96%

8 days


Satisfactory Just above the average - a child is likely to achieve their targets, however they should strive to improve on this.

93- 95%

10 days – two school weeks


Below the average attendance nationally. If a child has more than two weeks away from school they may fail to make the progress expected.

92- 93%

15 days - three school weeks


Poor attendance: absence is now affecting attainment and progress at school. Parents will need to work with the school to improve the situation.

Below 90%

20 days – four school weeks


Persistent absenteeism - Below 90% attendance is considered persistent absenteeism and the Local Authority may become involved to take action.


25 days – five school weeks


30 days – equivalent to half a term


Unacceptable - A child will now be finding it extremely difficult to keep up and achieve their best.


40 days


Children with this attendance are missing a day for every week in school. Absence is causing SERIOUS CONCERN. It is seriously affecting attainment and progress and is disrupting the child’s learning. The school will be supported by the Local Authority to take action against the parents/carers.